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Did you know that Flowering Cherry Trees.....?

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Did you know that Flowering Cherry Trees.....?
About this time of year, the Kemper Center for Home Gardening receives many calls asking ‘Are the Cherry Blossoms blooming yet?’, ‘When do the Cherry Blossoms start blooming?’, ‘How long will they bloom?’ I found a few things about the Flowering Cherry Trees that people may not know! Most of these trees were bred for their flowers, not fruit but some do produce small cherries. Their fruit appear in the summer but are too sour to eat except birds like t...
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Shamrocks for Year-Round Luck

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Shamrocks for Year-Round Luck
Everyone knows that you don’t have to be Irish to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, nor do you need a green thumb to grow shamrocks inside or outdoors.  As a matter of fact why not try both this year.  With the popularity of container gardening exploding, the hunt for suitable pot plants is intense.  Oxalis (commonly sold as shamrock plants) coordinate beautifully in mixed containers and summer window boxes.  They can’t be beat for their stunning foliage and ...
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Bring Spring Inside

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Bring Spring Inside
Late winter is a great time to bring some color into your home with branches from your spring-flowering trees and shrubs.  Forcing branches into bloom is easy and this is the perfect time of year to do this simple project.  It can take anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks to initiate flowering (depending on the species) but the colorful blooms that seem to pop open before your eyes are well worth the wait. Timing The best time to cut branches for forcing indoors is when the buds begin to swell...
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